Samuel Smith's India Ale - Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)

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83
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1,734 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,734
Reviews: 904
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 13.08%
Wants: 28
Gots: 122 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster) visit their website
United Kingdom (England)

Style | ABV
English India Pale Ale (IPA) |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-11-2001

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Ratings: 1,734 | Reviews: 904
Photo of GMan310
3.88/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

fresh tasting and smooth IPA

Photo of dmurray50000
2.84/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Was a bit disappointed by this considering the quality of the rest of their range.

Photo of ajchocholousek
3.46/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A relatively tame pour yields a thin soapy white head that dissipated quite quickly, leaving behind a few bigger bubbles and a touch of white. Beer is slick on the glass, showing no legs, and the head doesn't seem to want to cling either. Pours a medium golden color with just a bit of light orange tint. Good clarity.

Smell is very bready with notes of sweet graininess (reminescent of Stiegl) and a bit of fruity yeastiness. A faint faint faint touch of earthy hops in here, but really not much else coming out of this other than the malt.

Taste follows the nose, albeit with a somewhat firm hop bitterness up front as well. An earthy, spicy hop note carries through for a bit, but then falls off, finishing up quite dry with a slight residual bitterness on the tongue as well as some light fruity estery notes. Also, and I'm not quite certain if this is the sweetness/fruitiness of the yeast and malt speaking here, but I think I detect a faint hint of diacetyl butter

Overall this beer is fine. Nothing to write home about, but it drinks nicely, with no noticeable flaws other than perhaps the faintest bit of diacetly - but I could misreading it, as it is indeed faint. A nice, moderate English IPA.

Photo of NickSMpls
3.99/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A nice pour and slightly hazy color Light head fades quickly. Nice aroma with malts and bread. If your taste buds have evolved to handle a west coast double IPA or you enjoy slaming back a couple of Hopslams this beer is not for you. Well balanced and at 5% ABV it's worth it..

Photo of gregb13
4.06/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Earthy, floral, spicy. Soft and slightly creamy, ample carbonation. Herbal tea presence. Very nice though will underwhelm die-hard hop heads.

Photo of Beejay
3.44/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

A: Light amber orange in color, with a medium amount of light tan head.

S: Flowery, grassy, and herbal. There is a lovely touch of caramel and bread in the finish

T: The herbal aroma continues into the flavor, with perhaps a touch of bitter lemon peel. Finish is caramel with a long lingering bitterness.

M: Medium in body, with fairly high carbonation.

O: Overall pretty decent, but there is something odd about the bitterness in this.

Photo of loubar
4.47/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

550 ml bottle from Cost Plus. Aroma of biscuit malt with a bit of hops. Hop-forward in flavor, but of the tame citrus variety, with minimal bitterness on a malty, biscuity base. Moderate carbonation and full-bodied. Flavorful throughout with a touch of dryness at the finish. So drinkable. A good example that a solid IPA doesn’t have to be over the top.

Photo of Beeeeeerman
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Samuel Smith has been making their beers for hundreds of years and has their stuff together. Consistently perfect in everyway.

Photo of Greasy
3.99/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours an orange/copper color with a two finger head that fizzled away to a ring sitting atop the beer.

S: Sweet malts up front. Hops are earthy.

T: Taste is a nice biscuit/cracker malt flavor with floral hops following in suit. Some lingering bitterness.

M: Nice body. Good carbonation.

O: A nice change of pace. The English IPA is an under appreciated style that gets picked last in a gym class full of American counterparts. This is a lovely beer that needs more respect.

Photo of AtrumAnimus
4.53/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

This one pours a very dark reddish gold that is clear and leaves a rich, excessively long lived head. I got tired of waiting for it to settle. Lacing is more like a thick curtain.

The nose is excellent and rich with nice earthy and floral ones of coriander, pine, lavender, citrus and camphor.

The taste is crisp and bold with a dominant bitter hop on top of a dry malt bed that has hints of apple, vanilla, pine and nutmeg.

The mouthfeel is very rich and perfect for delivering the complexity of this fine beer.

Overall this one is exceptionally good and very enjoyable. I highly recommend it.

Photo of CIBoy10
3.15/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

So yeah, it isn't that hop-forward compared to most American IPAs. It also has the same distinct wang as the Chocolate and Oatmeal stouts (which is not a bad thing - I find Unibroue to have the same theme). However, this is a solid beer. Not a great one, but certainly not a bad one. Would I buy again? Probably not - I like my IPAs like I like my sports - AMERICAN

Photo of tlema1
3.19/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Well balanced, slightly bitter finish, nice body for an IPA

Photo of terence
2.03/5  rDev -44.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2

Not really my style. Far more malty that expected, not much in the way of hops.

Photo of thetravelguy01
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

This was a very enjoyable beer to drink! Citrus flavor with just small amount of hops. I believe a person who doesn't like hops would enjoy this beer. This would be great for a nice summer day, nice crisp and clean easy to drink beer.

Photo of rjplumer
3.01/5  rDev -18%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Fruity hop aroma. Mild brown body.An off white head. Smooth clear taste. Mild sweetness. Hint of of a citrus-like tang in the background. A little plain but very drinkable.Faint sour after taste.

Photo of Darkmagus82
3.39/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours a clear golden amber color with a two finger head of thick white foam. The head has a great level of retention, slowly fading to leave a decent level of sticky lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma of the beer is big of a bready smell mixed with a moderate showing of an earthy hop aroma. Along with these smells comes some notes of caramel and a light fruity aroma of peach and apple as well as some notes of a grassy and herbal hop.

Taste – The taste begins with a somewhat bready and cracker flavor with some light flavors of an herbal and earthy hop. These hop flavors grow slightly stronger in nature with the herbal being the more intense of the two. There is a little bit of a pear and peach as well as a light caramel flavor that are at the forefront of the taste, which end up fading a bit as the taste moves forward. With a little bit of a floral hop and even more herbal hop as well as a hint of grain, one is left with a rather herbal and dank, but crisp taste to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the slightly thinner side while a carbonation level is rather average. For the style a little thicker body may have been slightly better for the hop, but while said, the thinner body did actually do a rather decent job for the more crisp and malty flavors of the brew; so overall the feel was decent.

Overall – A more dank but rather easy drinking IPA. A little to thin and dank for me, but a easy drinker non the less and a rather fun one to try.

Photo of JohnnyI
3.95/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

As an encore to their Oatmeal Stout in the variety pack, I went with this English style IPA next. Poured in to their signature Samuel Smith pint glass, the beer puts forth a rising head of spongy off white foam. 3 fingers of froth rests atop a tangerine-orange brew of notable clarity. Tons of lacing hangs around as the foam dissipates. Beautiful appearance. The aroma gives off biscuit malts and only traces of hops. Certainly not nearly as aromatic as its American brethren. Despite the lack of a pronounced hop bouquet, it is still hop-forward in the flavor department. But of the tame citrus variety, with minimal bitterness. They definitely put a leash on it. A touch of toffee and some metallic accents that zing your tongue.There's some orange sweetness, light pine, and fruity esters to round out the flavors. The pleasant and slightly dry aftertaste conjures thoughts of herbal tea, and there's a good mix of malt and hops. The beer is effervescent with a juicy feel. A pretty solid body given its relative lack of weight. Overall, I think we Americans have been spoiled with mega-IPA's that obliterate your senses. This is a refreshing and easy alternative with a historic pedigree and distinguished character. Hopheads may find this leaving them a little wanting, but if you can appreciate it for what it is, it's great. Balanced, refined. A true classic.

Photo of tonecoleman
3.93/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured with a large bubbly creamy head, not much aroma. Light malt flavour with moderate carbonation and a nice clean dry slightly bitter finish. Found this unexeptional, but overall well balanced flavours and quite an enjoyable pint.

Photo of Ale_Dog
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is more my range for an everyday IPA

Photo of Catracho5
3.89/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

16 ounce bottle poured into a Samuel Smith tulip glass

A: A golden, clear color with a nice creamy white head, lots of lacing on this beer.

A: More malts than hops on the nose, not very hoppy, but I usually drink west coast style IPAs and IIPAs, so my nose is more accustomed to that aroma. Not picking up much.

T: Very nice, getting a nice, mellow bitterness upfront, malty, biscuity in the middle, finishes dry with a mild bitterness at the end. It's got a great flavor.

M: Medium dry mouthfeel

O: This is really good beer and I think it deserves a better score. I think the challenge for us American IPA drinkers is that we drink hopped up versions and we drink an English IPA and think something is missing, at least, that is my own experience. But if I am ever looking for an IPA that is not hoppy, I'll reach for this, it's good, balanced, and has quality.

Photo of ryho
4.85/5  rDev +32.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Today I bought the Samuel Smith Oatmeal Stout (94), and the India Ale (83), and I feel like the scores of those on this site should be reversed. I think this IPA is fantastic. It isn't like most IPAs that get high reviews here, but it is none the less extremely good. The taste of this IPA reminds me of honey in a very good way, and it is so drinkable.

Photo of infinitebruner
3.94/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

January 10, 2015

550 ml bottle, tulip

A – Medium gold to deep orange, fairly high clarity. Almost an inch of white, foamy but not craggy, head. Medium-long retention.

S – Biscuity malt, light caramel, and tropical fruit, some pineapple and mango. A touch of mild vanilla and honey.

T – Biscuits and light toffee, definitely some mango and possibly apricot. A touch of vanilla and residual sweetness. Mild bittering hops providing balance.

M – Moderate carbonation and full-bodied. Juicy throughout until a touch of dryness comes in towards the end. Bitterness is light to moderate, providing balance to the malt sweetness.

O – A very good example of the traditional style of IPA, before it was co-opted as a bitter assault on the tongue. Very flavorful and malty while providing balancing bitterness. Very good.

Photo of ygtbsm94
3.61/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Aroma toasted malt, caramel, floral notes. Taste sweet toffee, caramel malt, honey, grassy, faint grapefruit, slight bitter finish. Nice ESB!

Photo of Birmz
2.59/5  rDev -29.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Solid beer from a good brewery

Photo of Tsar_Riga
3.78/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - Clear copper orange, transparent, with a white head that fades slowly, leaving a 1/8" layer up top and producing extensive lacing throughout. Pretty beer, certainly.

S - Mostly floral and herbal notes, a touch of honey sweetness, and a slightly medicinal element.

T - Follows the nose, with big floral hops and honeyed malts. The middle is biscuit and crackers, fading to a bitter line that is slightly reminiscent of aspirin. There is also a minerality, and some earthy notes.

M - Light and easy on the tongue, but the bitter finish does fatigue the palate.

O - I really love the nose and the front of this beer, with the bright floral hops and honey flavors. The close is less satisfying. I can deal with the bitterness, but the medicinal aspects come out most strongly at the end. The rating would be north of 4 but for this aspect of the finish.

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Samuel Smith's India Ale from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
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